BY LARRY VAUGHT
Could this finally be the Saturday that Kentucky ends the long losing streak to Florida? If you are a Kentucky fan, you sure hope so.
The last UK win came in 1986 at then Commonwealth Stadium when the Cats won 10-3. Kentucky defensive back tony Mayes knocked the ball away from Florida receiver Ricky Nattiel with 29 seconds to go. Kentucky recovered the fumble and had the win. Certainly no one thought going into 2017, UK would not have beat Florida again.
That’s a 30-year losing streak going into Saturday night’s game. It’s the nation’s longest losing streak to one team.
DeDe Haynes, the mother of UK senior offensive lineman Nick Haynes, is from Florida. She’s not seen all the Kentucky losses to Florida obviously, but she’s seen enough and believes the streak will end Saturday.
“I am excited but everything starts and ends with God,” she said outside the stadium while celebrating UK’s win at South Carolina last week. “We are going to relish in this victory. They are going to high five each other on the way home, then see what they could have done better. We do not want Florida to leave Kentucky with another victory. We’ve got to beat them.”
Haynes knows she’ll have a lot of family and friends come to the game at Kroger Field. They all want to be there to see 3-0 Kentucky win another SEC game and put an end to the Florida streak.
“We are looking to have a great time. We will be humble and then celebrate when we win,” Haynes said.
Any doubt at all UK will win?
“No. Florida is going to lose. I have already had a talk with the big fellow. It’s going to happen,” she said.